“The Corona, form and details” Follow Lesson no. 2 by Maestro Servadei

lesson N°2

The details are all important!

During this second lesson, Davide shows us how to work and sculpt the basic vessel that we learned how to make during the last lesson together. In the workshop, a master craftsman prepares the decorative details applied to the Corona using the mouldable clay. With a mould, Daniele creates stones and diamonds. These are unique details that contribute greatly to this crown, enriching its final effect. Davide explains that, once more, the clay must be left to dry out naturally. Otherwise the adornments will not have the same consistency as the base work for the Corona. When they're ready, the adornments are then applied to the vessel using 'barbotine'.

Barbotine is a wetter clay paste, perfect for cleanly and seamlessly adding adornments.

Each Corona perfectly formed

The Coronas produced by Ceramica Gatti 1928 vary in form, but the detail work is always meticulously executed. With a sharp spatula we remove all the excess material, thus forming the crown's characteristic points or spikes. Davide shows us how to adorn each point with a small ball of clay. This simple procedure immediately adds a distinctively regal touch to the vessel.

The secrets of a perfect surface

Once the decorative work has all been done, we apply a slightly damp sponge to the Corona's surface to smooth out the clay as much as possible. Davide explains the two functions of the sponge. On the one hand, we use the sponge to counter the drying of the material, which has already set in. On the other, application helps open up the pores, making for optimal kilning. After re-drying, the Corona is kilned for the first time.

Why kilning must be perfect

Due to the action of the high kilning temperatures, the object solidifies. These very high temperatures radically alter the organic material making up the ceramic work, which shrinks slightly. This transformation is essential for the later glazing stage, since the glaze will adhere perfectly to the rest of the structure.

The first kilning takes place at 900 degrees. We can at this stage already see if any flaws or cracks form as a part of the natural process of shrinking of the organic material.

Control procedures at the workshop

At the Ceramica Gatti 1928 establishment, the various art and decor products are subjected to a number of checks at all production stages. Records are kept in an archive concerning all procedures. This provides us with a fully accurate, overall picture of each process, ensuring quality standards of the very first order.

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In 6 lessons, Davide Servadei shows us how to turn earth into artistic earthenware of the first order.

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  • 12_01_2015 12_01_2015
  • 19_01_2015 19_01_2015
  • 26_01_2015 26_01_2015
  • 02_02_2015 02_02_2015
  • 09_02_2015 09_02_2015
  • 16_02_2015 16_02_2015

Lesson n° 1

Studying the object you wish to create. Choosing the right clay to make the ceramic Corona (crown).

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Lesson n° 2

The wheel, and the top-class manual skills you need to create unique forms. How to create the base, and the details of the Corona. Getting kiln firing just right!

Lesson n° 3

From terracotta to majolica. How to glaze and finish objects after kiln firing.

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Lesson n° 4

Manual decoration. Creating the perfect colours and the techniques that bring out each and every nuance.

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Lesson n° 5

How to fix the colours and add gloss to the Corona. Applying iridescence and detailed gilding work. Final kiln firing and the finished Corona.

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Lesson n° 6

The reflection technique. The secrets of the Ceramica Gatti 1928 firm and its extraordinarily unique products.

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